ST. MATTHEWS -- At the rate things are going, playing quarterback for the 2002 Calhoun County Saint varsity football team will soon be listed as one of the most dangerous jobs in
That's assuming, of course, there will be enough bodies on the team to keep filling the void for first-year head coach
That was before starter number three, DeMario Brown, broke his ankle, making way for either freshman Calvin Bulloch or senior stand-out Brittian Thompson to takeover the reigns as the team begins defense of its 2001 Region 4-AA title at home against the rival
"I've never seen anything like this in all my years of coaching," Stokes said during a sweltering practice on Wednesday afternoon. "The thing about football, and this is what I tell these guys all the
Both the Saints -- ranked ninth in the latest Associated Press Poll - and the third-ranked Cougars come in at 4-1.
The Saints defeated the Cougars 18-7 in Cordova in the final game of the season in 2001 with the region title on the line. The last
Cougar head coach Andy Palmer said that his squad has had this game in the back of their minds since last October. "It means a lot to us to play them because we're coming off of a loss to them at home we've told our guys that if they want to be region champs we have some work to do because we have to go beat Calhoun County in St. Matthews. The combination of it being a region game and a rival game does add some significance to it. Coming into region we feel like we've played quality competition and we feel that we've played pretty well. We're playing the defending region champ and we still feel like we have something to prove. We're getting the team as prepared as we can to go over and do what we need to do."
The two teams have met one already this season for a half, in the pre-season Region 4-AA Jamboree. During that competition (won narrowly by
"You learn that there's still a rivalry there and that t